The Quilting Bee
Artist: Joanna Norman
Technique: Counted Cross Stitch
Artist's comments:I was initially drawn to this pattern because it reminded me of the
litter of pups that included my Lab, Shelby. The litter was made up of
3 yellow boys and 2 yellow girls and the two girls seemed to always hang
out and get into mischief together. Their breeder had
nick-named one of the girls "Lilac" and one "Pink" because of the color
of rick rack color they each wore. Lilac became our girl Shelby. I
remember visiting when they were about 6 weeks old and not being able to
walk because Lilac and Pink were so interested in chewing on my
sandals! We've had Shelby for three years now and through her, I have
made many life long friends in the dog world. Because of Shelby's
"antics" as a pup, I joined the Lab-L email list to learn more about how
to raise and train her. Through Lab-L I learned about LABMED and
eventually was selected to serve on the Board.
Shelby has been a great comfort to me through a very difficult time in
my life. I worked on this cross-stitch while spending time with my mother,
who is in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant. Mom has always been a
big fan of my cross stitching and I would occasionally try to wake her
up to show her my progress. When I finally finished it, I showed it to
her and she smiled, one of her only ways to communicate presently. It
is my hope and prayer that by the time this square is part of completed
larger quilt, my mother will be healed and once more be an active
participant in our family.
Post-Script from Joanna: On March 30, 2000, Ann Norman's heart arrested at 8:00 PM and a
beautiful life came to an end. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
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